Belarus has accused a Ukrainian military helicopter of flouting its border during maneuvers and flying one kilometer (0.62 miles) into Belarusian territory. The Belarusian State Border Committee said this on Saturday.
"December 4 at around noon, violation of the airspace of the Republic of Belarus by Ukraine was documented on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border outside the Novaya Rudnya checkpoint of the Mozyr border guard detachment," the statement says.
The committee said that a Ukrainian Mi-8 military helicopter crossed the state border at an altitude of about 100 meters, making an unauthorized incursion of up to one kilometer into Belarus.
"Ukraine has been informed about the incident," the border committee said.
However, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, the information of the Belarusian side about the violation of the airspace by the Mi-8 helicopter from the side of Ukraine does not correspond to reality.
"As part of strengthening the protection of the border with Belarus, aviation is used to monitor the border, but there have been no violations of the state border by aviation," the message reads.